Thursday, February 19, 2015

A rank smell in public

A new ranking of public universities doesn't put UC on top.  Berkeley is #5, UCLA is #6, UC-San Diego is #15. We don't put much faith is such rankings since weights and factors used tend to be arbitrary. But this one may get attention in California, simply because of the timing and the fact that the semi-privatized U of Michigan is on top. The survey comes out at the same time that UC and the governor are negotiating over state budget contributions and tuition and the legislature is trying to get into the game with hearings.

The premise is always that UC is the number one public institution. Now there is at least a headline suggesting otherwise.

You can find the survey at

For what it is worth, a statement of methodology is at

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